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Governor’s portrait a
sight for sore eyes

Gov. Ben Cayetano looks to a blank space on the koa-paneled wall in his ceremonial office at the state Capitol and jokes that soon, "I'll be there."

He is referring to the soon-to-be-hung portrait done by New York portrait artist Daniel Greene.

Cayetano joked with reporters last week that he had asked that local artists be included in the competition to select an artist to do his traditional portrait but that Greene's sample "stood out like a lamp post" in comparison to all the others.

"Hey, I need all the help I can get," Cayetano said.

Cayetano said he is starting to look forward to his retirement in December, noting that he has already gotten several job offers in business and law.

"I am looking forward to being able to pay off my new car," said Cayetano, who recently purchased a $70,000 Mercedes-Benz sports car.

Environmental delegates

Hawaii's congressional delegation got high marks from the League of Conservation Voters for their votes on environmental issues.

Hawaii Democratic Sens. Daniel Akaka and Daniel Inouye and Reps. Neil Abercrombie and Patsy Mink favored the environment 75 percent of the time in their floor votes, the organization said.

Senators were rated by how they voted on eight issues and bills in 2001. Representatives were rated based on 14 measures.

Hawaii also scored relatively well in past scorecards issued by the league.

Akaka's scores from 1991 through 2000 ranged from 62 percent to 92 percent, and Inouye's scores ranged from 27 percent to 77 percent for the same period. Abercrombie's scores ranged from 75 percent to 94 percent, while Mink's scores ranged from 75 percent to 100 percent.

The 2001 scorecard and a link to past scorecards are located at

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